Even with LeBron James sitting out due to back spasms, the Miami Heat figured to have enough firepower to beat the struggling Celtics in Boston.
The Celtics’ defense held Miami to 37 second-half points and Boston overcame a six-point halftime deficit to beat the Heat for the second time this season with a 101-96 win on Wednesday night.
It was Miami’s 11th loss this season to a sub-.500 team and 11th loss in its last 12 regular-season games at TD Garden.
James sat out a night after scoring 43 points in a victory at Cleveland. He has dealt with back spasms during the season, and with this being the second game during a four in five days stretch, his status likely was a precautionary measure.